Redland City Council has commenced upgrades to almost 9 km of gravel roads on Russell and Macleay islands.
Mayor Karen Williams said the work, undertaken as part of the Green Seal program, underscored Councilâ€™s commitment to improving infrastructure on the SMBI.
â€œSince the Green Seal program was established in 2014, Council has sealed about 48 kilometres of gravel roads,â€ she said.
â€œThese latest upgrades will boost that further, withÂ 28 streets on Russell Island and 13 streets on Macleay Island being improved with a two-coat bitumen seal.
â€œThese works will significantly improve conditions for island residents.â€
Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the upgrades, which cost more than $3 million, were co-funded by Council and the State Government, with the Federal Government providing funding towards work on Tingara Street Macleay Island and Rampart Drive Russell Island.
â€œPreliminary drainage works started on Russell Island in early September, and works on Macleay Island are expected to start at the end of October,â€ he said.
â€œThe upgrades are expected to be completed by 30 April 2021, weather permitting.
â€œThis is great news for our island residents, and Iâ€™m pleased to see even more gravel roads being sealed on the SMBI.â€
The 2020-21 Redland City Council budget allocated $1.5 million for the Green Seal program on Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
The funding formed part of an $11.1 million package for major infrastructure and roads projects to benefit Redlands Coast island communities.
- $3.5 million for the Russell Island pontoon upgrade,
- $3.4 million for the Weinam Creek car park at Redland Bay,
- $1.1 million to upgrade Point Lookoutâ€™s Headland Park on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah,
- $795,000 for the Canaipa Point Drive off-road footpath on Russell Island,
- $404,000 to upgrade island waiting sheds and shelters,
- $270,000 for park and streetscape asset renewal on Coochiemudlo Island, and
- $259,000 to upgrade Macleay Island Community Park.